Top 5 Herbs For Relieving Inflammation
Botanibites has just released a fifth flavor and function: Relief Apricot Spice. This function is ideal for anyone with chronic pain, inflammation, diabetes, blood sugar issues, and digestive issues. The combination of turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, and flax seed provide anti-inflammatory properties and truly heal your body of pain and inflammation linked to arthritis.
Here are the top 5 herbs used historically to treat infammation.
1. Turmeric (specifically the active ingredient curcumin)
Turmeric has been used for centuries in Indian (Ayurvedic) and Chinese medicine for everything from liver disease to arthritis to immune disorders. Because of its “anti everything” properties (antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and anticancer) it can help relieve many diseases including diabetes, allergies, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, and other chronic illnesses.
The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin, a potent antioxidant that dramatically reduces inflammation and it is also what gives turmeric that bright yellow color. Curcumin has been shown to inhibit the growth of tumor cells in a variety of cancers and improve insulin resistance. Ever enjoyed Indian Curry> Now you know why ;)
Ginger is another favorite spice used for centuries. Historically, it has helped with inflammation, pain, sore muscles and to combat general aches and fatigue. Ginger attacks inflammation through the action of its gingerols, shogaols, and paradols.
As a group, these compounds mimic non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) to relieve arthritis pain with all the healing benefits and none of the bad side effects of long term use. Yes, you should keep ginger capsules or powder handy and cook with it often.
TIP: Low quality or poorly stored ginger powder is at high risk for mycotoxin, and fresh ginger molds easily in the fridge. So use the fresh stuff, or store the dry stuff away from heat, moisture, and light.
Cinnamon is mostly used to lower blood sugar in diabetics. But it also has many antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that can decrease the likelihood of cellular damage and chronic disease. In TCM, cinnamon bark and twigs are used for different reasons, but both assist with providing yang energy to the body and balancing blood sugar. When you crave something sweet, try something with less sugar and more cinnamon.
4. Cayenne Pepper
The main component of cayenne pepper that yieds benefits is the capsaicin, the compound responsible for both the medicinal properties of cayenne pepper and its spicy taste. Cayenne has been used historically as a food and medicine for thousands of years by Native Americans. Healers in India, China and other parts of Asia used cayenne to relieve digestive and circulatory problems. It is also helpful when used for any sinus or allergy related issues.
The main anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-cancer properties of sage come from carnosic acid and carnosol. It is especially useful against inflammation-based neurological conditions like Alzheimer’s and can also improve memory, concentration and decrease anxiety.
The camphor in sage also makes it an excellent antiviral to kill bacteria and fungi.